At the sixth week of pregnancy your baby’s brain and nervous system will be rapidly developing. Optic vesicles which develop into eyes form on either side of the head and also the passages for the inner ear. An ultrasound examination will allow you to listen to your baby’s heart beat around this stage of pregnancy.
The respiratory and digestive systems also begin to develop during the sixth week of pregnancy. Arms and legs also start to grow. Your baby starts to show recognizable physical features and is protected by the amniotic sac.
As the baby’s legs are curled up against the torso for most part of the pregnancy it is difficult to measure from head to toe, so crown to rump measurement is undertaken and a full length measurement is impossible. Women may experience many pregnancy complaints this week like morning sickness, tender aching breasts, fatigue, heart burn etc.
Hormonal changes and frequent urination might also be experienced during the sixth week of pregnancy. Bloated feeling and retention of water may be the other complaints at this stage. If prenatal vitamins cause increased churning sensation you can have them with food or consult a health care professional about its stoppage. You’ll also be asked to undergo blood and urine tests to avoid health issues.
Your sugar levels will also be tested and urinary infection if any will be checked for. Your blood will also be screened for the Rh factor. RH refers to a protein which can be positive or negative depending on its content. Pap smear, weight and blood pressure checkups and vaginal inspection are also a part of your routine check up at the sixth week.
The first ultrasound may also be conducted which might be internal. You can also know your ideal weight and other details during this stage from the online sites related to pregnancy and child birth.